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MINUTES 



OS THB 






SEVENTY-SECOND ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THB 



iOLBifiY MISSIONABY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



HELD WITH 



ENON GHURQH, BIBB (H)UNTY f ALA., 



October 11 and 12, 1899. 



OFFIOEBS. 

J M. Langston, Moderator Six MRle, Ala. 

D. Z. Woollby, Clerk and Treasurer Modena, Ala. 



The next session will be held with Liberty Hill Church, four 
and a half miles west of Clanton, Chtlton County, Ala- 
bama, on Randolph and Clanton road, on Wednesday 
and Thursday after the second Sunday in 
October, 1900. 



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MINUTES 



Enon Church, Bibb County, Ala., Oct. n, 1899 
The Mulberry Association met with Enon church accord- 
ing to previous arrangement at 11 o'clock. The introductory 
sermon was preached by Rev. A. E. Burns from Psalms 25 : 12. 
The body then adjourned until 1 : 30 p.m., at which time 
the Association assembled in the church and was called to or- 
der by Rev. J. M. Langston, who read 2d. Peter 5, and of- 
fered prayer. 

Rev. A. E. Burns and Prof. J. M. Collier were appoint- 
ed as a reading committee to read the letters from the different 
churches. R. J. Jones was appointed Temporary Clerk who 
enrolled the names of the delegates as follows : 

Rehoboth — M. F. Lawley,* Newton Law ley,* J. T. Col- 
lins,* D. L. Smitherman, J. C. Milander,* L. J. Moore,* A. 
W. Gentry. 

Enon — Dan Mcintosh, S. L. Johnson, M. L. McLeroy. 

Macedonia — Not represented. 

Providence — O. O. Lowery, W. R. Holdritch,* W. A. 
Sims,* J. M. Broadhead,* Rev. J. E. Champion,* Rev. D. 
A. Seals, A. C. Rachles,* Rev. R. H. Long, W. H. Shaw. 

New Salem — Not represented. 

Collins Chapel— W. A. Mims, D. H. Gentry,* Wiley 
Gore,* G. W. Mims.* 

Pleasant Grove — W. R. Dawson,* W. E. Thomas, Jas. 
Franklin,* M. Franklin,* Benj. Franklin,* D. B. Oden.* 

Pleasant Hill— Madison Hubbard, H. C. Ray, M. C. 
Smith.* 

Center Hill — J. A. Sammon,* L. A. McGraw, J. H. 
Martin,* W. Ni Thomas. 

Antioch — J. M. Langston, G. W. Freeman, F. M. Mar- 
chant, W. N. Lawrence, W. H. Thomas,* Z. J. Corley, D. 
Z. Woolley, N. H. Langston, D. B. Smitherman , J. N. 
Woolley.* 

Mars Hill— ]. P. Gentry,* E. J. Scott,* E. G. Cofer,* 
J. M. Scott,* M. F. Langston,* A. J. Pate,* C. L. Langs- 
ton,* Henry Cofer,* S. E. Edwards,* G. W. Gothard,* H. 
Z. Barns,* David Scott.* 

Union Grove — W. R. Robinson,* J. H. Binson,* W. H. 
Conway, Calvin Glasscock. 
♦Absentees. 



Liberty Hill—Y. M. Fosl ee, J. W. Littlejohn, J. E. 
Littlejohn. 

Shady Grove — Jasper Tac son,* M. J. Payne,* J. J. 
Fitts,* T. J. Lawrence, Walte Wallace,* J. M. Davis,* J. 
D. Smitherman.* 

On motion a Moderator ant. Clerk were elected by ballot, 
Rev. J.M. Langston, Moderate) , D. Z. Woolley, Clerk. 

Next opened the door for d urches to join the Association. 
Correspondents were then called for. 

Rev. J. R. Wells was recei ed from the Unity Associa- 
tion ; R. H. Pratt and J. M. Co ier, from the Shelby Associ- 
ation; A. E. Burns, from Coosa River Association ; J. N. C. 
Brown, D. J. Frazier and D. I>. Cruise from the Cahaba As- 
sociation. 

The Moderator then appointed the following special com- 
mittees : 

Finance — W. H. Shaw, N H. Langston, F. M. Foshee. 

Devotional Exercises — Tht Pastor and Deacons of Enon 
church. 

Nominations — D. L. Smit rman, J. E. Litlejohn, D. B. 
Smitherman. 

Vacancies on standing com nittees were then filled. 

Home Religion — F. M. Ar. old. 
Periodicals — A. C. Cruise Dan Mcintosh. 
Orphans' Home — R. J. J* nes. 

R. H. Long and VV. H. Shaw were recognised as dele- 
gates from Providence church. 

On motion the same order of business was adopted as was 
had last session. 

Reports of standing committees were then taken up. The 
first, the report on Sunday -school, was read, and after being 
very ably discussed by M. D Kingston, A. E. Burns and 
others was adopted as follows. 

KRPORT ON SA ilBATil SCHOOL 



Your Committee on Sabbat 
report. While we feel that the 
in our Association, we regret 
churches report no school. 1 
church should have a Sabbath--* 
to study God's Word and teoc^ 

The Sabbath-school is to si 
churches, and it appears to t> 



h-school, submit the following 
Sabbath-school is doing good 
to know that several of our 
rethren, we feel that every 
100I where they could meet 
t to their children 
pply material for the future 
s committee that all church 



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members should labor either as teachers or pupils. We beg 
to submit a few requisites for a good Sabbath-school. 

ist. A wideawake Superintendent who has ingenuity 
enough to keep general session of the school out of routine. 

2d. Consecrated teachers. We desire to put special stress 
on the word "consecrated." It is only the consecrated Chris- 
tian who will stand to his post year in and year out. Constant, 
prayerful labor is as essential to success in Sunday-school work 
as in any branch of Christian service. 

3d. Bibles. We think that bibles are too little used in 
our Sabbath schools; helps are good in their places but should 
not be allowed to supplant the bible. . 

4th. The Church, as a body, must take an interest in its 
Sabbath-school, ascertaining from time to time its needs. 
Every school should constantly be made to feel that the Church 
is especial lv a watchcare over it. It »s the hope of this Com- 
mittee that the Association may be directed of the Master to 
take such steps as will result in the greatest good to the Sab- 
bath-school work in our midst. 

Respectfully submitted, 

M. D. Langston ) r, ... 

. ,^ • Lommittee. 

A. Glasscock S 

The committee on Devotional Exercises then made their 
report. 

REPORT ON DEVOTIONAL EXERCISES. 

We, your Committee on Devotional Exercises, beg leave- 
to submit the following. 

Preaching to night by Rev. R. H. Long. 

Devotional exercises to-morrow at 9. a.m. by Rev. D. A. 
Seals. 

On motion the body then adjourned to 9. a.m. Wednes- 
day. 

Preaching at night by R. H. Long from Judges 2 : 1-4. 



Wednesday, October 12. 



Prayer service was' conducted by D. A. Seals, and at 9 130 
the Association was called to order, and after prayer by the 
Moderator business was resumed. 

The roll was called and absentees were marked. 

The minutes of the preceeding day were then read and 
approved. 



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The Moderator appointed the following standing commit- 
tees : 

SnmfaV'SeAoof- — W. H. Shaw, J. A. Lowery. 
/fame /tcfigion — A. GHsscock, M. D. Langston. 
<>rfikans* J/ome — R. I. Jones, B. F. Riley. 
Temperance — G. \\\ Freeman, J. W. Wallace. 
Ministerial Education — R. % H. Long, M. F. Lawley. 
State Missions — T. G. Williams. R. M. Honeycutt. 
Home Missions — J. P. Gentry, E. G. Cofer. 
Foreign Missions — D. C. Hubbard, W. Y. Nix. 
InstitnteWork — \\\ L. Honeycutt, I. N. Martin. 
Periodicals—}* Earl Jones, W. J. Jackson. 

The report on temperance was read, and discussed by D. 
A. Seals, J. M. Collier and others, and adopted as read. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE . 

We, your Committee on Temperance, beg leave to make 
the following report. We think we are on the gaining ground. 
To be temperate, we must be partakers. Paul says : "Every 
man that striveth for the mastery is temperate .in all things." 
(i Cor. 9:25.) 

Now. brethren, that means something; in all we do or 
undertake we should use judgment, that is be temperate. Paul 
says : "MeeknessvgJTemperance, against such there is no law.'* 
(Gal. 5 : 23). "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is ex- 
cess, but be filled with the Spirit/' (Eph. 5 : iS.) 

"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith 
virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temper- 
ance ; and to temperance patience ; and to patience godliness ; 
and to godliness brotherly kindness: and to brotherly kind- 
ness charity.** (ad. Peter 1 :5,6.) 

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend 
not in word the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle 
the whole body. Even so the tongue is a little member, and 
boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little 
fi-e kindleth (Jas. 3:2,5.) 

Brethren, if we could be temperate with the tongue in 
every respect we could govern all the rest of our habits, and 
that is essential for us, for when we fail to do so then trouble 
begins. Just think back upon the past, what trouble has been 
in our churches from the little tongue. Let us awake to a 
sense of duty on this line. 

And now to the whisky line. To be temperate in whisky 
is to use it as a medicine, and be sure not to take medicine 
that much whisky is in it. Total abstinence in the whisky 
line is the only sure plan to fall upon, and I hope that every 



member of oar Association will think well on this subject, 
and become total abstainers from the use of alcoholic drinks as 
a beverage. It is not worth while for me to give you reasons 
for you know yourself experience has taught us a great deal. 

J. J- Hicks ) Commi/iee 
M. J. Payne \ ^ ommtttee - 

On motion it was ordered that the reports on State, Home 
and Foreign Missions be read and discussed jointly. 

They were respectively read by VV. A. Mims, VV. H. 
Shaw and R. H. Long, and af;er being discussed by each of 
the above named gentlemen. Rev. A. E. Burns very ably ex- 
plained, by the help of his map, the, work of Foreign Mis- 
sions. A collection was then taken for missions, amount col» 
leered $ 1 1 .25, after which the reports were adopted as follows : 

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REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

Your Committee beg to submit the following report. We 
understand that the work of our State Mission Board is con- 
fined to mission work in the State of Alabama, and not being 
very well informed as to State Missions, but being Missiona- 
ries, vour Committee would urge upon the brethrer* of the 
Mulberry Association to inform themselves on the subject of 
Missions, and if the work is conducted in obedience to the 
command of our Saviour and for His glory, then we are duty 
bound to support the work with our prayers and our means. 

State Missions have in the past done much for the Baptist 
cause in this State, and your Committee believes that there is 
much vet to be done, and we would recommend that the State 
Mission Board give more attention to weak places in the coun- 
try, as we feel like the work for the towns is about finished 
i.e., the Board has in the past spent about all the funds con- 
tributed for State Missions in the towns. 

Respectfully submitted. 

W. A. Mims, Chairman. 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

We, your Committee on Home Missions, ask to submit 
the following report. 

We find the number of missionaries employed on the field 
this year has been 653 against 467 last year, and we find there 
has been 6,552 baptisms against 4,793 last year. We also find 
that the contributions have been considerably larger this year 
- than ever before, and that there has been neariy double the 
number of Sunday-schools organized by the missionaries em- 
ployed by the Home Mission Board 

Brethren, do we, as an Association, deserve any credit for 



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this increase in the Home Mission work: Let each orte ask 
himself the question have I done my duty in the cause of 
Home Missions. 

Now, brethren, if we have failed to do our duty, remem- 
ber that it is only at the end of duty we find a blessing. And, 
again, remember that ye are the light of the world, the salt of 
the earth, and that it is through the church that God purposes 
to save the world. 

Respectfully, 

W. H. Shaw \ ^ 

T A T _ Committee. 

J. A. Lowkry f 






REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

Southern Baptists, through their Foreign Mission Board 
at Kiclimond, Va , are supporting missionaries in China, A.fri 
ca. Italy, Mexico, Brazil and Japan. We are glad to be able 
to report that the day star has made its appearance. The 
clouds are breaking, light is increasing, the day is dawning, 
and our noble band of videttes are vigilant and ever ready to 
obey the Great Captain of our salvation in preaching the gos- 
pe' to a lost world. We have been. made to rejoice over the 
large numbers added to the churches and the new centers of 
interests opened to the heralds of salvation in numerous in- 
stances. There were 701 baptisms in connection with our 
work on the foreign field last year. The total receipts of the 
F. M. B. for the conventional year were $124,249.69. Of 
th s amount the Womans' Mission Union raised $21,633.57. 
W ule the Board was enabled to report all indebtedness re- 
moved we should not lose sight of the fact that the cancella- 
tion of all the indebtedness was in part due to retrenchment 
in the work, and that the expenses of the Board are continu- 
ous. Alabama, with an army of 130,000 Baptists, gave last 
ye ir to Foreign Missions the small sum of $^,9^0.74. Is this 
th best Alabama can do? With resources well nigh exhaust- 
le- -i, opportunities abundant, responsibilities fearful, ought we 
not to awake from our slumber and heed our Master's com- 
ma id, "Go work while it is day"? .We urge upon the pas- 
tors of this Association the importance of making a strong and 
continuous appeal to their churches to do more in the great 
Mission Work and thus aid in bringing the whole world to 
God. We have no right to say, "Thy kingdom come, Thy 
will be done" unless we are willing to obey His will and take 
hold of the great work that God has for His children to do, 
and thereby help to bring the kingdom of God. To the pas- 
tors and people who are faithful in the vineyard of the Lord, 
will 'ere long hear the words of the Master, "Well done!" 

R. H. Long, Chairman. 






The Association adjourned to meet at i : 30 p. m 



AFTERNOON 8E88ION. 



Association met pursuant to adjournment. 
*.-. P n „ mo J ion the subjects on Ministerial Education and In- 
stitute Work were read and discussed jointly. Discussion was 
participated in by A. E. Burns and R. H. Long. 

REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

The subject of Ministerial Education stands pre-eminent 
of all under consideration to day, for we believe that our min- 
isters are or should be, the ruling power of the church, and 
not only the church but all religious work ; and as the success 
of the church depends largely upon the preacher, we say with- 
out fear of successful contradiction that our ministers should 
be educated, and when we say education we mean knowledge. 
Many ot our preachers are willing to accept the care of a 
church, knowing at the same time that church is much their 
superior in a point of literature, if nothing else. To preach 
means to teach, and unless a man is competent to teach he can- 
not preach. 

And, again, they should be well informed. We have a 
class of men going to and fro over our country to-day calling 
themselves ministers of the gospel, for whom some of our 
preachers are only laughing stocks as a result of their ignor- 
ance. Brethren, our denomination is suffering, and we have 
churches trailing in the dust on account of the incompetence 
of our ministers. Therefore let us aid and encourage our young 
men whom we believe che Lord has called, to procure an edu- 
cation, and also lend a helping hand to our theological schools 
and seminaries. 

Respectfully, 

D. Z. Woolley, Chairman. 



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Adopted. 



REPORT ON INSTITUTE WORK. 



Institute work has been made a separate department of 
the beneficent work of the State, and an Institute Board, loca- 
ted at Opelika, Rev. G. S. Anderson, efficient Superintendent 
of Institute work, whose work consists mainly in holding 
institutes with the preachers over the State at places where 
they are given free entertainment, etc., and conducting a cor- 
lespondence course with them during the winter. The pur- 
pose of the Institute is to reach the preachers on the field with 
some helpful instruction in sermonizing. The special purpose 



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s to help the uneducated ministry. Bro. Anderson's system 
>f sermon building, which is set forth in his book, "The Ser- 
mon Builder," and which he gives in his lectures, seems to be 
a perfect system and has proved to be exceedingly helpful to 
those who have taken advantage of it. It is the opinion of 
your Committee that it would be wise that a reasonable part 
->f our contributions should go to the support of this work. 

]. R. Wells. 

Adopted. 

On motion the subject of Home Religion was dispensed 
with, the committee having no report. 

The report on Periodicals was called for; the Committee 
not being present, the report on Orphans' Home was read and 
discussed by R.I. Jones, R. H. Long and others. 

REPORT ON ORPHANS' HOME. 

We, your Committee on Orphans' Home, ask to report as 
follows : "We don't think it necessary to be very lengthy on the 
subject of supporting orphan children of our country. Dear 
brethren, we should, as Christians, make a home affair of this 
matter. Suppose your or my children should be left fatherless 
and motherless. It certainly would be a pleasure and make 
us happy indeed to know that that dear child of ours has a 
home among good, kind and Christian people, that will train 
it up in the wav it should go. I understand that this is done 
at the Baptist Orohanage, located at Evergreen, Ala. 

Owing to the limited time your Committee cannot make 
such a report as it desires. We have not sufficient figures and 
other matter from this grand and noble institution to give 
such a historv as is deserving to God's people who are at the 
head of this grand work. I learn that the children have the 
most careful training and by the very best Christian people. 
The institution is supported by the contributions of the peop^- 
Bro. ). W. Stewart is general manager under a Board of Trus- 
tees." We urge every man, woman and child, who has means 
to contribute freely as possible to this great and grand institu- 
tion of Christianilv. . 

R. J. Tones, Chairman. 

Adopted. 

A collection was taken for the Orphans' Home. Amount 
collected, $i 35 

On motion the present Clerk was made Treasurer of the 
Association. 

The report on finance was read. 



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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON FINANCE. 

We , your Committee on Finance, submit this our report : 

CASH VOUCHERS 

Received for Minutes $ 23.60 $ .... 

For Ministerial Education. ... .. 1.85 .60 

For Orphans' Home 8.55 6.65 

For Institute Work 2.00 1.05 

For Foreign Missions 14 .50 x -35 

Home Missions 3 -75 1.68 

For State Missions 3>co 1-05 

Total . 5 6 - 2 5 ia-3 8 

Respectfully, 

W. H. Shaw, Chairman. 

Adopted. 

On motion the contribution for Missions was divided 
equally between the three Mission Boards. 

The Committee on Nominations made the following re- 
port : 

REPORT ON NOMINATIONS. 

We, your Committee on Nominations, offer the following 
report. We recommend that the next session of the Mulberry 
Association be held with Liberty Hill church on Wednesday 
after the second Sundaj' in October, 1900. We further recom- 
mend R. H. Long to preach the Introductory Sermon, G. W. 
Freeman alternate. We recommend D. A. Seals as delegate 
to the Southern Baptist Convention, and J. P. Gentry alter- 
nate. Respectfully submitted. 

J. E. Littlejohn. 

Adopted. 

The Association then ordered that the Clerk have 600 
copies minutes printed and that he receive ten dollars for his 
services. 

Resolved; That the thanks of this body are due, and are 
hereby tendered to the good people of Enon church and com- 
munity for the unbounded hospitality extended to us during 
the session of this Association. R. H. Long. 

Adopted. 

"God be with you'' was sung, the parting hand extended 
and prayer was offered, nFter which the Association adjourned 
to meet with Liberty Hill Church on Wednesday after the 
second Sabbath in' October, 1900. 



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DISTRICT MEETINGS. 



The next meeting >f the First District will be held with 
Antioch church on Fr lay and Saturday before the fourth Sun- 
day in August, 1900. Introductory Sermon preached by S. 
■>mitherman ; R. H. L< ig alternate. 

SUB J CTS FOR DISCUSSION. 

1st. Should the Br ptist Church be controlled, under all 
circumstances, by a unanimous vote, touching fellowship? 
Opened by Revs S. M Adams, S. Smitherman. A. E. Burns 
; nd others. 

2d. Are works essential to salvation, if not why do 
Jhristians work? Opened by Rev. L M. Langs ton, J, J. 
Hlicks, D. L, Smithcman and ot tiers, " . 

3d. Is it right from a Scriptural standpoint for a minister 

^f the gospel to depend entirely on his churches for a support 

.or himself and family Opened by Bros. G, \V\ Freeman, A,. 

•lass and others. 



J. N, Wooujky 

J. E. Jones Committee* 

W. X, Lawrkncr f 



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Ordained Ministers. 

M, Langston . Six Mile, Ala. 

M. Honeycutt . . — ; „ Jeanison, Ala, 

H. Long — , , — , , ." - . Jeunisoc, Ala. 

E. Champion ; — '. . . . . .Camera, Ala, 

, L Reynolds -„• — , Montevallo, Ala. 

A. Steals - Moutevallo, Ala. 

L, Foshee — . .. .. . . .Clacton, Ala. 

M. Gothard.... Jem i son, Ala. 

P. Gentry . .. . — ;..... letnison, Ala. 

D. Posey . . — . . Randolph, Ala. 

W. Freeman .Trio. Ala. 



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CONSTITUTION. 



i. The Association shall be composed of delegates chosen 
by the different churches, chosen by their own bodies in our 
union, who, on producing letters certifying their appointment 
as delegates by their churches, shall be entitled to seats. 

2. The delegates thus chosen and convened shall be known 
by the name of the Mulberry Baptist Association, who shall 
usurp no authority over the churches in our union, or infringe 
on any of their internal rights, but merely be considered an 
advisory council in all matters relative to their internal con- 
cerns. Nevertheless, it becomes necessary in some cases to 
have a uniform rule of proceedure. vi*. : If one church com- 
mits an offense against another it shall be the dutv of the of- 
fended to labor with the offender for satisfaction ; if she fails 
of success she shall call the aid of two or more sister churches 
to assist in laboring for satisfaction ; and if satisfaction can- 
not be thus obtained, it shall be the duty of the aggrieved 
church to bring the matter before the Association to be decid- 
ed upon according to its merits. And if a serious difficulty 
should arise in an individual church which, upon due labor 
she cannot reconcile, she shall call- the aid of two or more 
churches to assist in the work ; and if the difficulty be not then 
removed it shall be the duty of the church to bring the case to 
the Association to be acted upon as above described. But the 
Association will take cogn usance of no case of the above kind 
unless due course of proceedure shall have been previously 
pursued. 

3. The churches of our union shall transmit to every an- 
nual session of the Association written communications, speci- 
fying the names of their messengers, dismissed by letter, ex- 
communicated, restored, and deceased since the last session, 
which shall be read and minuted accordingly. 

4. Every church in our union shall be entitled to a repre- 
sentation in the following manner, viz. : a church containing 
fifty members or less, shall be entitled to three representatives) 
and one additional representative for every twenty-five over 
fifty. Any church failing to represent herself as above de- 
scribed shall state reasons at the next Association. 

5. Newly constituted churches shall be admitted into our 
union by messengers bearing petitionary letters. If, upon due 



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DISTRICT MEETINGS. 



The next meeting of the First District will be held with 
Antioch church on Friday and Saturday before the fourth Sun- 
day in August, 1900. Introductory Sermon preached by S. 
Smitherman ; R. H. Long alternate. 

8UBJEOT3 FOR DISCISSION. 

1st. Should the Baptist Church be controlled, under all 
circumstances, by a unanimous vote, touching fellowship? 
Opened by Revs. S. M. Adams, S. Smitherman, A. E. Burns 
and others. 

2d. Are works essential to salvation, if not why do 
Christians work? Opened by Rev. J. M. Langston, J. J. 
Hicks, D. L. Smitherman and others. 

3d. Is it right from a Scriptural standpoint for a minister 
of the gospel to depend entirely on his churches for a support 
for himself and family? Opened by Bros. G. W. Freeman, A. 
Glass and others. 

J. N. WOOLLEY 

J. E. Jones •{ Committee. 

W. N. Lawrence 



Ordained Ministers. 

J. M. Langston Six Mile, Ala. 

R. M. Honeycutt Jemison, Ala. 

R.H.Long :"..:... .Jemison, Ala. 

J. E. Champion . . . Calera, Ala. 

W. J. Reynolds .Montevallo, Ala. 

D. A. Seals . Montevallo, Ala. 

A. L. Foshee Clanton, Ala. 

T. M. Gothard Jemison, Ala. 

J.P.Gentry I ..... Jemison, Ala. 

S. D. Posey Randolph, Ala. 

G. W. Freeman Trio, Ala. 



CONSTITUTION. 



i. The Association shall be composed of delegates chosen 
by the different churches, chosen by their own bodies in our 
union, who, on producing letters certifying their appointment 
as delegates by their churches, shall be entitled to seats. 

2. The delegates thus chosen and convened shall be known 
by the name of the Mulberry Baptist Association, who shall 
usurp no authority over the churches in our union, or infringe 
on any of their internal rights, but merely be considered an 
advisory council in all matters relative to' their internal con- 
cerns. Nevertheless, it becomes necessary in some cases to 
have a uniform rule of proceedure, viz.: If one church com- 
mits an offense against another it shall be the dutv of the of- 
fended to labor with the offender for satisfaction ;" if she fails 
of success she shall call the aid of two or more sister churches 
to assist in laboring for satisfaction ; and if satisfaction can- 
not be thus obtained, it shall be the duty of the aggrieved 
church to bring the matter before the Association to be decid- 
ed upon according to its merits. And if a serious difficulty 
should arise in an individual church which, upon due labor 
she cannot reconcile, she shall call the aid of two or more 
churches to assist in the work ; and if the difficulty be not then 
removed it shall be the duty of the church to bring the case to 
the Association to be acted upon as above described. But the 
Association will take cognizance of no case of the above kind 
unless due course of proceedure shall have been previously 
pursued. 

3. The churches of our union shall transmit to every an- 
nual session of the Association written communications, speci- 
fying the names of their messengers, dismissed by letter, ex- 
communicated, restored, and deceased since the last session, 
which shall be read and minuted accordingly. 

4. Every church in our union shall be entitled to a repre- 
sentation in the following manner, viz. : a church containing 
fifty members or less, shall be entitled to three representatives 
and one additional representative for every twenty-five over 
fifty. Any church failing to represent herself as above de- 
scribed shall state reasons at the next Association. 

5. Newly constituted churches shall be admitted into our 
union by messengers bearing petitionary letters. If, upon due 



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examination, they be found orderly and orthodox their recep- 
tion shall be manifested by the Moderator giving the messen- 
ger the right hand of fellowship. 

6. The Association, when convened, shall be governed by 
a regu'ar and proper rule of decorum, which she is authorized 
to alter or amend according to her own views. - 

7. At every session of the Association a Moderator shall 
be chosen by and from among the delegates present, whose 
duty it shall be to see that the . rules of decorum be strictly 
observed, and to take the voice of the Association upon all 
subjects legally introduced. A Clerk shall be chosen in the 
same manner, whose duty it shall be to take proper and cor- 
rect minutes of the proceedings of the convention. 

8. The Association shall have power to exclude from her 
union any church who may violate the Constitution or depart 
from the orthodox principles of the Gospel. 

9. The Association shall furnish the churches with the 
minutes every session. 

10 Every query sent by a particular church must be in- 
serted in her letter, certifying that she has endeavored to re- 
concile, and has failed. In such a case the Association shall 
take it under consideration and the voice of a majority shall 
be considered an advisory answer, which shall be entered on 
the minutes. 

11. Queries that immediately concern the general union 
of the churches, sent by a particular church, or introduced by 
a proper motion, shall be taken up and decided on as soon as 
practicable. 

12. Any church in our union having a member she may 
think possesses promising talents for the ministry, she shall, 
after a thorough conviction that he is called of the Lord to 
work, proceed to license him to preach the Gospel, at discre- 
tion, and report the same at the next session of the Association. 

13. Any church in our union having a preacher whom 
she deems worthy of ordination, shall call a presbytery of 
ministers from sister churches to officiate in the work, and all 
presbyteries in the ordination of ministers and deacons, or the 
constitution of churches shall be governed by the Articles of 
Faith of this Association. 

14. The Association shall have a fund, supplied from the 
voluntary contributions of the churches and all monies thus 
contributed shall be transmitted from the churches by their 
messengers and paid over to the Committee on Finance. The 
Committee shall be appointed annually, whose duty it shall 
be to receive in charge the Association fund, and dispose of 
the same aggreeably to order, and make at every session a fair 
and substantial report of all their proceedings. 

15. There shall be an Association Book provided in 



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which the minutes of every annual session shall be regularly 
recorded by the Clerk, who shall receive an annual compen- 
sation for his services. - 

16. The Association shall not adjourn any session until it 
shall have finished all the business on band— except it be in 
ordinary cases. 

17. The minutes of the Association shall be read, and 
corrected if necessary, and signed by the Moderator and Clerk 
before the session rises. 

18. The Association shall in all cases be governed by a 
majority of the members present. 

19. Giving or withholding charity from any benevolent 
object shall not be considered a breach of fellowship bv this 
Association. 

20. Amendments to this Constitution may be made at any 
session when two-thirds of the members present may deem 
necessary. 



ABSTRACT OF PRINCIPLES. * 

Article i. We believe in only one living and true God — 
the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. 2. We believe 

that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the 
Word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 3. 

We believe in the doctrine of election, and that God chose 
His people in. Christ before the foundation of the world. 4. 

We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 5. We believe 

in man's incapacity, by his own free will and ability, to re- 
cover himself from the fallen state he is in by nature. 6. 
We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by the righteousness of Christ imputed to them. 7. We 
believe that God's elect shall be called^ regenerated, and 
sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 8. We believe that the 
saints shall be preserved in grace and never fall away- 9. 
We beiieve that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordi- 
nances of Jesus Christ and that true believers are the only 
proper subjects, and that immersion is the only Apostolic 
Baptism. 10. We believe that our Lord and Master washed 
His disciples' feet; we ought to wash one another's feet. 
11. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and general 
judgment , and that the joys of the righteous and the punish- 
ment of the wicked will be eternal. 12. We believe that 
no minister has any right to administer the ordinances of the 
gospel but one who is baptized, and comes under the imposi- 
tion of the hands of the presbytery. 13. We believe that 
none but regular baptized believers have a right to commune 
together at the Lord's table. 



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RULES OF DECORUM. 



Article I. The Association shall be opened and closed 
by prayer. 2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by 

the suffrages of the members present. 3. The Moderator 

shall be considered a judge of order and have a discretionary 
right to call order at any time. 4. Any member not satis- 

fied with the decision may appeal to the Association on the 
same, day, but at no other time. 5. None but one member 

shall speak at a time, win shall rise to his feet, address the 
Moderator, and on obtaining leave, proceed. 6. The Moder- 
ator, when addressed for permission to speak, shall signify the 
same by naming the person, or otherwise. 7. No member 

shall be interruped while speaking unless he depart from the 
subject or use words of personal reflection. Every motion made 
and seconded shall come under the consideration of the Asso- 
ciation unless withdrawn by him who made it. 8. Every 
case taken up by the Association shall be decided or with- 
drawn before another shall be offered. 9. When a question 
is taken up, after allowing time for the debate, the Moderator 
shall take the voice of the Association on the subject by yeas 
and nays, or otherwise. 10. Any member wishing to re- 
tire shall obtain leave of the Moderator. 11. No member 
shall sptak more than twice to the same proposition without 
leave of the Association, nor shall any proposition be made 
to close the subject until the debates have been carried through. 
12. The appellation of brother shall be used in. the Associa- 
tion in their addresses to each other. 13. The names of 
the members shall be called as often as the Association may 
direct. 14. No member shall be tolerated in any practice 
that may tend to interrupt public speaking. 15. The Moder- 
ator shall be entitled to the same privilege of speaking as any 
other member, provided he appoint another to his seat during 
the time; but shall not vote unless the Association be equally 
divided. 16. Any member violating these rules shall be 
reproved by the Moderator, as directed by the Association — 
but only on the day the breach shall have been made. 17. 
The rules shall be read at the opening of every session of the 
Association, and shall be altered or amended when a majority 
of the members should deem it necessary. 



STATISTICS OF MULBERRY MISSIONARY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 1S99 





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PASTOR 


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FIRST DISTRICT 

*Antioeh 


Bibb..... 

Bibb... 


G. VV. Freeman. 
J. R. Wells. 


Z. .I.Corlev. .. 
F. M. Arnold . 


Modena 

Centerville 


890.00 


DBSmitherman 
M. U MeLeroy. 


Motlena 

Six Mile 


117 
.51 


811 50 


Enon 


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Mars Hill 




J. H. Thomas 


IT. Z. Barnes.. . 

E. H. Dnnlhp.. 
Jasper Jackson 

T. H. Waddefl.. 
W. A. Minis. . . 

F. M. Foshee. . . 


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Tliorsby 

Clanton 


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L. J. More 

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Jeinison 

Law ley 

Randolph 


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"Relioboth 

Shady .Grove. . . . 

SKCOND DISTRICT 

Center Hill 

Collins 1 Chapel... 


Bibb 

Bibb 

Chilton 

Chilton [..-. 

Chillo 


.J. D. Martin. . . 
R. 11. Long 

R. M. Honey en tl 
8. M. Adams. . . 
S. M. Adams. . . 


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Pleasant Grove. . . 


Chilton... .1... 


S. Smit hernial) 


D. H. Hodden 8, 
W. P. Scott... 
W. H. Shaw... 
W.L.Honeycntt 


Jeinison . ... 


170 


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Tliorsby 


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Union Grove 


Chilton 

Chilton 


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R.M.Honeycutt 


Clear Creek. . . 


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Clear < reek. . . 
Jemison 


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*This Church has three Sunday-schools 
♦ Not represented